Pollster John Zogby updates our weekly Obama Report Card with a grade on the president's performance. Zogby uses his polling, expert analysis and interaction with major players to come up with a grade and some comments that capture how he sees the president's week ending.
John Zogby on Week: 130
"So what's the biggest news this past week for Team Obama? Take your pick: The latest dismal jobs report? Getting the Republicans to blink first on the debt limit? Maybe the $86 million he raised for him and his party, while GOP Presidential hopefuls had disappointing first quarter fund raising? Both the jobs report and the debt limit chaos took a toll on Obama's standing. Our IBOPE Zogby polling found the president falling in both in the percentage who believe Obama deserves re-election and in match-ups with the top tier of potential Republican opponents. On the debt limit front, Obama was willing to give the GOP everything but what it apparently wanted: total capitulation on no new revenues with big budget cuts, including entitlements. The president now appears to be spared the traumas of default and having to actually ask the party base to swallow cuts to entitlements."
This week's grade: C
Last week's: C
John Zogby is Chairman of the Board and Chief Insights Officer for IBOPE Zogby International, a non-partisan public opinion, research, and business solutions firm with experience working in more than 70 countries around the globe. IBOPE Zogby International specializes in telephone, Internet, and face-to-face survey research and analysis for corporate, political, nonprofit, and governmental clients. The firm is headquartered in Utica, N.Y. John Zogby is also the author of The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream (Random House).